Monday, November 25, 2013

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas!  It was a frigid weekend, but I did finish this snowflake window for the front porch.  I used some stained glass scraps to make some funky little snowflakes and then used a glass adhesive to attach them to this old window.  I used  a few things I had at home...the old tool caddy and and some little pine trees, a string of white lights and a noel sign that I made from scrap wood.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out! 
I also managed to get some garland up around the porch.  I think it frames my stained glass window beautifully.  Some blue holiday lights and a few greens in the window box and we are ready for winter!

Friday, November 15, 2013

It's a sunny November morning and going to be a beautiful day.  Thought I would post pics of a few things I have been working on. 
This is a piece I just finished for my husband's office.  He wanted something to remind him of our great trip to Colorado this summer.  I found this window at an antique shop this summer and thought it would be perfect for this project.  i used simple shapes to create the beautiful Colorado wilderness, our little cabin and of course, the mountains.  Can't wait to hang it this weekend!
I just finished 4 of these multi color sun catchers.  They went in the mail yesterday to one of my Etsy customers.  I love these colorful pieces, especially when the weather gets cold and snowy here in Minnesota!

Off to work on some little cardinals to take into my shop.  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Something new!

Wow, I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted anything.  Super busy this fall at my shop with remodeling projects.
Last weekend I found these old screen windows at an antique store.  I thought they would make a fun alternative to a traditional wreath.

The screens were already painted green.  I took some stencil letters and traced the words on to the screen and them filled them in with a wide sharpie.  Super easy!  Then I added ribbon, jingle bells and small red ball ornaments.  Gotta say I am really happy with how they turned out!  I almost don't want to sell them. Guess I will be hunting for more old screen windows!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Another busy week!

Wow, this week flew by!  I finished two large glass projects for customers.  The first was a 20 x20 inch fall maple leaf panel.
 I am so pleased with the way it came together...finally!  It was one of those projects that had me a bit frustrated at the start. I had a larger leaf cut out and decided it looked like a tree and not a leaf!!!  So I scrapped that idea and came up with this version, which I like much better.  And the customer loved it!!

The second project was a larger version of this rainbow sun catcher.  I did a 16 x 16 panel to hang in a customer's bathroom over her tub.  How relaxing to have a soak and look at all the beautiful colors!

Now on to new things!  I have some ideas for halloween ornaments using scrapbook paper and clear glass.  Pics coming soon!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Feeling like fall

Happy Labor Day!  A cool day here in Minnesota, we are getting a preview of things to come!  I just finished a few little suncatchers and wanted to share them.
Fall is such a fun time of the year to decorate inside and out.  And easy!  Just a stop at a farmers market for pumpkins, gourds, mums and indian corn and you are all set!  Adding a fun glass piece, like this pumpkin garden panel, brightens up any flower pot display!
Today I started clearing my pots of straggly summer flowers.  Over the next couple weeks I will be switching them over to mums, kale, twigs and gourds.  Love this time of the year!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The entryway is complete!

Finally done with this project! 
Loving the built in shelves...they are perfect for keys, phones, small bags and of course my snow globe collection!  I do think I want to add something to the back of the shelves. Probably some vintage map paper since we have a bit of a travel theme in this room.  I painted the compass rose on the floor a few years ago and it is showing a nice worn look. It was a fairly easy project.  I found a compass rose online and just enlarged it, penciled it in on the unfinished floor and painted.  I did sand a little bit for a worn look.  Then we sealed the floor .  With the dogs and everyday wear, it could use a refresh.  I just say it has that lived in look!
Here is a pic of the other corner.  I have a vintage icebox that I use for storing hats, mittens and scarves.  The artwork is from Key West and also from a friend who is trying to get his business up a running.  Troy Davis Photography.  He does amazing work.  The piece I have is of the Two Harbors, MN lighthouse.  Another beautiful place we have been.  The shells in the glass bowl are from many trips to Key West.  I have a flameless candle in the center for a bit of light at night.

On to the next project!!!!  The yard!
Our side yard has been neglected for several years,  When are kids were younger we had three holes of mini golf in that spot.  I couldn't decide what to do over there and it became a mess of tree seedlings, vines and weeds. 
Got a start on it yesterday.  Pulled all the weeds and little trees, raked out some mulch and created a small seating area on one of the old golf areas.  I am trying to do a no cost makeover, using plants and things from other parts of the yard.  We are removing a garden on the side of our garage, which gives me a number of plants and flowers to move into this space. 
It will be an ongoing project for a few weeks.  Way too hot and humid here in Minnesota for a few days!  I will be inside working on more glass pieces!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekend fun

What a great weekend!  Twins game with the hubby, good food and drink and best of all our daughter returned home from the summer in Colorado! 
I had to do something to celebrate her arrival, so I gathered up some scrapbook paper and washi tape and made a cheery pennant banner for her.  Super fast and easy and great for any occasion. 
It was one of the best weekends of the summer, having the kids here, grilling some yummy walleye, veggies and sweet corn, and of course a bonfire.